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    Join the ultimate family-friendly urban scavenger hunt on Sunday, May 5, 2019. Proceeds benefit Central Texas children and teens with an ill parent. Teams of all ages welcome!
    The hunt starts at noon, with four hours for teams to do good deeds, complete challenges and visit various clue stops. Then gather from 4-6 p.m. for the after party at Zilker Lodge at Austin Sunshine Camps. Celebrate the winners, laugh at the photos and share stories over food and games.
    Plan now for an afternoon of laughter that will do your heart–and your community–good.
    Tickets are on sale now – buy your tickets today!
    All proceeds to benefit Wonders & Worries

      The ‘Sad Clown with the Golden Voice’ is here with his heartfelt anthems and a suitcase full of Kleenex! This Pity Party is not all sadness and longing. The show is peppered with a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing lots of humor with the awkward, tender moments.

      Don’t miss him LIVE at The Paramount Theatre of Austin on March 22nd!

        Join Ley Line and local artists on a musical journey around the world! Come prepared to sing, dance, create, learn, listen and play instruments as we explore music, rhythm and movement from Brazil, Latin America, West Africa and the United States!

          You are invited to the 17th Annual Concert featuring members of choirs from Georgetown faith communities. This year’s event features for the first time, A Cappella Texas and 11 area churches. Admission is free, and a special offering will be taken up to help keep seniors connected to their community through FIAG transportation and other support services!
          Faith in Action Georgetown offers services to help older adults in maintaining and improving their quality of life. With assistance of volunteers, clients can maximize their ability to meet their own needs and to continue to live independently. We currently offer transportation, handyman services, errands, care calling and visits, information and referrals, and a medical equipment closet.

            Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lucy Dacus, Kyle Craft, U.S. Girls, and Red Yarn will perform live for Austin kids and families at the 6th annual MyMusicRx + YOU WHO! Rock Show for Kids at the FADER FORT on Thursday March 15.

            The YOU WHO! Rock Show for Kids is a family friendly, morning concert that benefits MyMusicRx, the flagship program of the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA). MyMusicRx bedside and online music medicine programs deliver the healing power of music to hospitalized kids across the country.

            Since 2014, YOU WHO! shows have cultivated a devoted following of more than 2,500 influential Austin moms, dads, and kids, treating them to up-close performances from artists like Shakey Graves, Sara Watkins, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, The Zombies, Best Coast, Heartless “Bathtubs”, Tacocat, Aloe Blacc, and Les Claypool. YOU WHO! has raised nearly $80,000 to fuel MyMusicRx programs.

            MyMusicRx has served more than 180,000 children along with their families, caregivers, and medical professionals across the country including through a local in-hospital concert partnership with Dell Children’s Medical Center. In 2018, MyMusicRx will launch its bedside service at St. David’s Children’s Hospital. To ensure long-term, sustainable program growth, CCA has assembled a local advisory board comprised of community members and executives from leading Austin businesses and firms. Proceeds from ticket sales will support MyMusicRx’s local programs.

            Get out and enjoy one last hurrah of Spring Break / SXSW 2018 on Saturday, March 17! Rock + Read at The Domain is a live music and book fest where both kids and adults will enjoy a great lineup of musicians as well as local children’s book authors, who will be reading from their books in between music sets. There will also be hands-on activities for kids of all ages, books signings, giveaways and more at this FREE event!

            The Music Lineup:

            Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band
            The Hoots
            123 Andrés

            Laura Doherty and the Heartbeats
            Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
            Sugar Free Allstars
            El Tule

            The Que Pastas
            Red Yarn

            Local Author Lineup:

            Jessica Lee Anderson
            Keith Graves
            PJ Hoover
            Mary Sullivan

            In addition to the live music and readings, kids will enjoy a color your own bookmark craft, jumping on a Springfree Trampoline, a putt-putt game with Top Golf, mini-hockey with Chaparral Ice, giveaways, and more!

            Thanks to The Domain, Springfree Trampoline, and Fetch MD for making this event possible.

            When: Saturday, March 17, 2018

            Time: 3-7:30 pm

            Where: The Domain, 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, Austin (in between Dicks Sporting Goods and Dillard’s)

            Cost: FREE!

            Groundwork Music Project is hosting their 7th Annual Fall Family FUNraiser on Sunday, October 22, 2017! Join this fabulous organization for an afternoon of music and fun at Cherrywood Coffeehouse.

            This perennial favorite is back with the usual variety show of live music by Groundwork Music Orchestra (with students), Tameca Jones, Jon Dee Graham, and Walker Lukens. Bring the kids for face painting, balloon animals, and more.

            What: Groundwork Music Project’s Fall Family FUNraiser
            When: Sunday, October 22, 2017Advertisement
            Time: 3-6 p.m.
            Where: Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 381/2 Street, Austin
            Cost: Tickets are $5 a person at the door and include entry in a raffle.
            RSVP: Facebook Event Page

            The 3rd Annual Do512 Family Picnic is happening at the Midway Food Park on Tuesday, March 14th, and the whole family is invited to come out to listen live music, eat some good food and have a great time!


            3-3:40 pm: Puppets & Folk Songs w/ Red Yarn
            4-4:40 pm: Magician Black Bert
            5-5:40 pm: Mama K & The Shades
            6-7 pm: Kupira Marimba

            FOOD TRUCKS:
            Dock & Roll Diner
            Revolution Vegan Kitchen
            Beirut Austin Food Trailer
            Celia Jacobs Cheesecake Experience
            Stony’s Pizza
            Uncle Louie G’s

            Magic Show
            Face Painting
            Arts & Crafts

            What: Do512 Family Picnic
            When: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
            Time: 3-7 p.m.
            Where: The Midway Food Park,1905 S. Capital of Texas Highway, Austin
            Cost: FREE (Must RSVP, one for each family)

            Hat Creek Burger Co. is coming to the Domain! To celebrate the addition to the neighborhood, Whole Foods Domain is teaming up with them and Cuvee Coffee to throw a family-friendly Local Block Party on Saturday, November 5th.

            Swing by anytime from 8-11 am for free tacos and fixins’ from Hat Creek Provisions, free coffee from Cuvee Coffee, as well as live music and face painting! What better way can an Austin family spend a Saturday morning than to enjoy local fare + entertainment for free?


            What: Local Block Party

            When: Saturday, November 5, 2016

            Time: 8-11 a.m.

            Where: Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Drive, Austin

            Cost: FREE

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            Music lovers looking for the next concert, take note: Sound On Sound Fest is coming! This three-day festival will take over the grounds of the Sherwood Forest Faire, a Renaissance landscape set just forty miles outside of Austin in McDade, on November 4-6, 2016.

            Not just a music festival, SOS Fest aims to transform the typical festival experience for fans, hyper-focusing on stellar bookings of indie, punk, hip hop, metal, dance music, comedy, and live panel discussions.

            Children ages 10 and under get in for free with adults holding single day, three-day, and VIP “Treat Thyself” weekend passes to SOS Fest. For parents who wish to bring their kiddos along, Do512Family has curated some amazing fun for the little ones in the Kids’ Kingdom, including:

            • Dress up games with temporary tattoos
            • Fake nose rings
            • Hair wrapping
            • Face painting
            • Faerie tea parties
            • Crafts including make-your-own dragon eyes
            • Come-and-go reptile farm from Austin Reptile Shows
            • Hat and Story making with Creative Action
            • Rody Pony jousting with Toy Joy
            • Fun games with Austin Bat Cave

            In addition to the fun above, KUTX’s Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child has produced three days of incredible live music on the Come & Tyke It Stage.

            Friday, November 4: Calliope Musicals, Koo Koo Kanga Roo
            Saturday, November 5: Koo Koo Kanga Roo, The Telephone Company, Thor & Friends
            Sunday, November 6: Hey Lolly Brass Band, The Telephone Company, Jad Fair


            To start the festival weekend, the Sound On Sound Fest “Late Knights” Kick-Off Parties (a.k.a. Knights) will take over Mohawk, The Sidewinder, Barracuda, Beerland, and Empire on Thursday, November 3.  Anyone with an official Sound On Sound Wristband gets free access to the Knights shows and holders of the VIP Treat Thyself pass get priority access at each venue.

            Bands performing include Phantogram, Explosions in the Sky, Purity Ring, Run the Jewels, Big Boi, Descendents, and more.

            For the complete lineup and information on the Late Knights Shows, click here

            What’s It Cost

            Kids 10 and under get in for free!

            Single-day passes ($89 plus fees), three-day GA passes ($169 plus fees), “Treat Thyself” (VIP) weekend passes $445 plus fees), and camping passes ($75 plus fees) to SOS Fest are available for purchase now. More details here.

            How To Get There

            If you don’t feel like driving, SOS Fest invites attendees to travel to the festival via the festival shuttles, which are managed in partnership with Austin Tour Company. The official festival pick-up and drop-off location is in downtown Austin at Mohawk Austin (912 Red River). Multiple shuttles will run daily from noon to 3 a.m. on Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6. Daily shuttle schedules will be available via the SOS Fest website, festival app, and fest social media pages. If purchased in advance via the festival website, SOS Fest shuttles are $5 a person per day or $10 for the weekend.

            Where To Stay

            Pack up the family for a camping excursion! Family camp sites will be available and set a little farther back from the live music and late night shows. Three-day on-site camping passes on the Sherwood Forrest Faire grounds cost  $75 per person with additional options available for renting tents or space for RV parking. The festival camping area will have a 24-hour diner hosted by purveyors of fine hot dogs Frank, a general store selling provisions and packaged goods, a private bar area, and private showers with hot water. The camping grounds will also host nightly shows including the SOS Knights: Comedy Club and the Disco Dungeon, a late night outdoor dance club open from 12:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.

            About the author: Catherine Prystup, founder of, is mom to three kids ranging in age from 18 to 4 years old. She enjoys exploring the city and helping to spread the word about family-friendly events and businesses in the greater Austin area.